SLES Holding Kids Heart Challenge

SLES Move-A-Thon

                                      SLES Holding Kids Heart Challenge 


   SALINEVILLE- Southern Local Elementary School students are helping others once again by raising money for the American Heart Association.


   The school kicked off its annual Kids Heart Challenge on Jan. 31 with separate assemblies for grades PreK-2 and grades 3-5. Physical education teacher Kathy Randolph said students learned the reason for the benefit and how the money helps others.


  “It gets the kids enthusiastic about raising money,” she said.


   Fundraising envelopes were distributed and students can earn prizes based on levels from $5 to $1,000. They register by downloading the Kids Heart Challenge app or going online to, choose a daily health challenge and collect donations to support AHA. In return, they can earn thank-you gifts and online badges. Kids receive wristbands just for registering and could receive a Heart Heroes-themed stuffed toy plus jump ropes, T-shirts and a speaker set plus lower-level items. Additionally, they are eligible for a mystery gift for every $50 raised.


   Randolph said physical activities will also come into play with a Move-A-Thon Feb. 25 in the gym, barring an increase in COVID cases. Various stations will be available with a warm-up dance and an obstacle course featuring jump rope, hula hoops and limbo, plus contests for the highest and farthest jumps.


  “We’re trying to raise $4,000,” Randolph added, saying some incentives are in place to help attain that goal.


  One plan is for school teachers and administrators to dress as “Toy Story” characters and hold a picnic this spring. SLES garnered $4,800 last year with school officials donning superhero costumes having a barbecue as a reward.


   Formed in 1924, the American Heart Association has grown from researching prevention, treatment and a cure for heart disease --America’s No. 1 killer-- to an organization of more than 33 million volunteers and supporters who are working to improve heart health and reduce deaths from cardiovascular diseases and stroke. 

AHA Move-A-Thon
Southern Local Elementary students are moving to make money for the American Heart Association through the annual Kids Heart Challenge. A $4,000 goal has been set and incentives are in place for school teachers and administrators to dress as “Toy Story” characters while a picnic would be held later this spring. Pictured are third-graders Madyson Gruszecki and Carter Davis as they jump into the activity.)